Canada to Curacao power adapters - what kind of electrical adapter do I need for a Curacaon power outlet?

Curacaon power outlet

What adapter do I need for Curacao?

You'll need to bring a Type C plug adapter to Curacao if your plug doesn't fit into a Curacaon power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Curacao all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a Curacaon power outlet. If you don't know what voltage your device can use then read the section on how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If you are visiting Curacao from the US we recommend bringing a plug adapter for Curacao as US Type A or B outlets might not typically be found. Because the voltage is different in Curacao you need to bring a power converter for Curacao if your device isn't dual voltage.
  • If your device can run on 127 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Curacaon power outlet then it can work in Curacao.
  • If your device can run on 127 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Curacaon power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Curacao such a Type C plug adapter. A plug adapter for Curacao (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Curacao, but isn't designed to convert the voltage from 127 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 127 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Curacao to convert the voltage from 127 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Curacao if the power converter doesn't include the correct Type C plug adapter.
  • If you only want to power your USB devices such as a cell phone or tablet then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it will work with any voltage, however ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type C plug adapter otherwise you will also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Curacao[3]
  • Increased use of a phone during a trip to Curacao can leave you with a flat battery quickly, we recommend packing a power bank if you need to recharge your mobile phone battery or other USB powered devices whilst travelling to an unknown location.

Warning: If your device won't handle 127 volts you run a risk of a blown fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your device in Curacao check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Curacao power adapters

Power adapters for Curacao

Varying different combinations of voltages and plug types can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Curacao. This page has links to useful instructions demonstrating exactly how to charge your devices when you're visiting Curacao using their standard types C, A or B Curacaon 127 volt 50Hz power outlets. Most power adapters will change depending on which area you visiting therefore please read our Wikiconnections travel power adapters guide for a full list showing powering devices in different regions.

What is the best power adapter for Curacao?

The best power adapter for Curacao is a Type C power adapter which will allow you to use any 127 volt device or appliance. [3]

What is the best power adapter for Curacao?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are small and lightweight plastic adapters that allow a Curacaon power outlet to accept a different type of power plug from a foreign region. [5]

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Curacao enables a visitor from a different country to use their own electronic appliances and devices in Curacao by altering the shape of the plug to fit the power outlet.

Do I need a plug adapter in Curacao?

If the shape of the plug outlet in Curacao is different to the shape of the Curacaon power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

Curacao

Will I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting Curacao from Canada?

Canadian Type A or Type B outlets might not commonly be found in Curacao so it is recommended to bring a suitable power adapter for Curacao.

Curacao

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Curacao?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 127 volt Curacaon power outlet and can't convert to a different voltage. If you wish to safely use any 220-240 volt device you also need to bring a step up power converter.

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Where to buy a power adapter for Curacao in Canada

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Curacao in Canada

Curacao to Canadian power adapters will most likely be available in most major Canadian International airports prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists such as Relay, The Source or 6&Sundry, but expect to pay more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

It will be more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. Best Buy, Costco, Home Depot and other high street electrical stores normally sell a limited range of travel adapters to popular locations however for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Electrical adapters for Curacao

Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type C plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Straightforward design makes it simple to use.
  • Light and small.
  • Cheapest option, with prices under C$15.
  • Using a Type C plug adapter will work in Curacao.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Accomodation may only have a single power outlet available, so you'll only be capable of powering a single device at a time.
  • If you intend on travelling to more than just one country you may need to pack multiple power adapter types.
  • Adapter only changes the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type C Curacaon power outlet but not the voltage used in Curacao, so if your appliance doesn't support a 127 volt outlet and isn't dual voltage then you will also need to pack a voltage converter.
  • If you need to charge any USB device then you also still need to pack your USB charger.
  • Only one adapter per plug - for every separate device you'll also need to bring a separate power plug adapter. [3]
Travel Power Strips

A power strip with multiple USB ports

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Certain models are able to convert voltage for low wattage electronics (for example laptops). So therefore if the electronic device isn't dual voltage it should still be used in Curacao by using just a travel power strip. This will make a travel power strip a cheaper and lightweight substitute for a power converter.
  • Able to charge many electrical appliances and devices concurrently using only a single Curacaon power outlet, costs around C$25.
  • Most models will also feature a number of USB charge ports.
  • The voltage from power outlets in certain areas could fluctuate, a surge in power might damage your delicate electrical items. There are some travel power strips that include a surge protector to protect any device from being overloaded by an unstable power grid.
  • It will still be of use back at home.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Not supplied with the correct plug adapter for Curacao therefore you should pack an additional power plug adapter for a Curacaon power outlet as well .
  • Unlike a dedicated voltage converter, the voltage converter on a travel power strip won't work with high wattage appliances such as hair straighteners or clothes irons.
  • Due to their size power strips might be unsuitable for packing in hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips might be excessive if you only bring a small number of items to power. [6]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB travel charger with swappable plugs

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal in situations when you only want to power devices which are USB powered, for example mobile phones, iPads and MP3 players.
  • Rather than bring multiple domestic power chargers you will only have to bring one unit which costs roughly under C$20.
  • Supplied with interchangeable adapter heads which means they can be used in a large number of countries. The interchangeable adapter heads are typically small and lightweight which makes them easy to pack.
  • Travel USB wall chargers will include a surge protector built in to protect any device from being overpowered by an unstable power grid in some countries.
  • When you return to Canada the charger could still be of use.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • The interchangeable heads don't include one which is compatible with a Curacaon power outlet - therefore you'll still need to bring a separate power adapter for a Curacaon power outlet.
  • They only have USB ports so you will be unable to power any electrical appliances, only USB ones. [7]
Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Fairly easy to use.
  • All-in-one design which is both lightweight and small, C$25-C$30.
  • There are some models which have a built in surge protector which will prevent your electronics from being overloaded by an unstable power grid.
  • Retractable pins won't catch against other items when packed in luggage.
  • When you return home the power strip could still work as a USB charger.
  • There are some universal travel power adapters which include multiple USB charging ports.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Because universal travel adapters only work with fit A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets the pins don't change shape to fit in a Curacaon power outlet. So you will still need to plug a universal travel adapter into a separate power adapter for a Curacaon power outlet if you want to use universal travel adapter to benefit from surge protection and powering multiple devices from one power outlet.
  • Must not be used with a high powered appliance such as hair straighteners, kettles, vacuum cleaners, curling irons or hair dryers.
  • Lacking a built in voltage converter will mean it isn't suitable for non-127 volt devices.
  • Might not be totally universal; models might not cover certain countries with less popular power outlets.
  • Pins and internal moving parts might be fragile on some models which could make them likely to possibily fail.
  • Only charges one appliance. [8]
Plug Adapter Sets

Cost effective plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices roughly C$20-C$25 an adapter set will typically work out more reasonable than buying multiple individual power plug adapter types costing almost C$10 each.
  • By bringing every type of plug adapter ensures that you are covered for every country and not just a Curacaon power outlet.
  • The most flexible option for anyone travelling to multiple locations.
  • Set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N adapters so should be suitable with a Curacaon power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible - before any trip you will need to decide which adapters to bring in advance, or alternatively bring every adapter type with you.
  • Lots individual items to pack.
  • With just a single working plug adapter the remaining power adapters will be redundant.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included (especially rarer ones), so ensure that your set has an adapter which works in Curacao.
  • Each adapter only changes the shape of the plug but doesn't modify the actual voltage. [9]
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter

Voltage Converters

Those originating from Canada will not need to bring a converter as the voltage in Curacao is 127 volts.

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • Only changes the 127 volts from a Curacaon power outlet and won't change the shape of the plug to fit in a Curacaon power outlet, so you will still be required to bring a suitable power adapter for Curacao.
  • Expensive - C$110-C$120.
  • The weight of most models of voltage converters makes them unsuitable for hand luggage.
  • A voltage converter won't be of any use when get back home.
  • It is usually better value to purchase a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy an expensive voltage converter just to power your existing single voltage domestic appliance in an incompatible location.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Curacao

Type C Power Plug Adapter
Power Plug Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel Power Strip
Travel Power Strip
Plug Adapter Set
Plug Adapter Set
Voltage Converter
Voltage Converter
Can be used in Curacao Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included C A/B, E/F, G and I A/B, E/F, G and I A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N B
Compatible number of countries (A) 135+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type C Curacaon power outlet Yes Yes
Additional Type C plug adapter required to fit in a Curacaon power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes
Useful when you return to Canada Yes Yes Yes
Typical combined number of USB ports and AC outlets 1 3 4 7 1 2
Powers USB devices Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of USB ports 0 2 4 4 0 0
Powers a 127 volt AC appliance in Curacao Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of AC outlets 1 1 0 3 (B) 2
Converts voltage (?) Yes (C) Yes
Surge protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical dimensions 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.4 inches 3 x 2.1 x 2.1 inches 4.3 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches 6.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 inches 7.1 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches 11.7 x 8.1 x 6.7 inches
Typical weight 4.5 ounces 4 ounces 4.5 ounces 1.6 pounds 13 ounces 20 pounds
Typical number of items to carry (D) 1 1 5 8 12 2
Suitable for hand luggage Yes Yes Yes • (E) • (F)
Estimated price under C$15 C$25-C$30 C$15-C$20 C$25-C$30 C$20-C$25 almost C$80
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Curacao power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Curacao?

Type A, B and C power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Curacao?

There are three types of power supply used in Curacao, these are type C, A and B with the primary power supply being type C socket:

  • Plug Type A - This unearthed wall outlet (also called the type A power outlet) can be recognised by the two thin adjacent slots where the twin plug socket pins slide into.
  • Plug Type B - This power socket (called a type B power outlet) is recognised by the two slots where the twin plug socket blades go with a semicircular shaped hole below for the grounded pin.
  • Plug Type C - The power outlet (technically called a type C socket or Europlug) is recognised by the 2 adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug socket pins go. [3]

Do Canadian plugs work in Curacao?

Maybe with some power outlets that are available in Curacao; but we suggest using all types of plug adapters for Curacao because Canadian Type A or B outlets might not typically be found. Also it is recommended that you check that your device or appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

Curacao

Is an electrical outlet in Curacao the same as Canada?

Although a Canadian Type A or Type B power outlet might be found in Curacao it is still advisable to bring a suitable power adapter for Curacao. The voltage is within the 100-128 volt range used in Canada however the frequency is different so you will need to check that your device works with 50hz.

Curacao

What is the frequency used with a Curacaon power outlet?

The frequency from a Curacaon power outlet is 50Hz. [11]

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country
Is an electrical power outlet for the Caribbean Islands the same as a Curacaon power outlet?

The Caribbean

Is an electrical power outlet for the Caribbean Islands the same as a Curacaon power outlet?

Various countries throughout The Caribbean use different voltages and power outlet types, a plug that works with a Curacaon power outlet might not work in an electric outlet on another island. If you are visiting more than one country in The Caribbean it is advised to either bring along a multiple power adapter travel set consisting of various types of power adapters, or a smaller single international travel plug adapter as both these options make sure that you're covered for most different power outlet types which you may encounter.

As different islands in The Caribbean all use different voltages and power outlet types you may discover a plug that is used in Curacao might not function properly on another island. When preparing to travel check these pages for further guides on what you can expect for every Caribbean island: Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Grenada, Grenadines, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Nevis, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Tobago, Trinidad and US Virgin Islands.   [8] [9] [9]

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Curacao?

To use a 220V appliance in a Curacaon power outlet you need to use a step up power converter.

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Should I bring a power bank to Curacao?

A USB portable charger

Should I bring a power bank to Curacao?

It is always advisable to bring a portable charger to recharge cell phones when travelling.

  • With many the thought of being without their mobile leaves them anxious, particularly when being needed whilst travelling to an unknown location. During a trip to Curacao increased use of mobile phones for taking photographs, storing itineraries, getting directions, social network sharing and staying entertained will syphon off power excessively. A flat cell phone battery could potentially leave you in an unknown location without sufficient power to make an emergency call or being able to use GPS to get directions to your accommodation. Bringing along a portable charger to Curacao lowers the risk as it allows you to keep your cell phone powered on the go.
  • Use at least a 10,000mAh power bank which can store enough energy to cover over three full charges and a 20,000mAh power bank should keep an average cell phone charged for up to 7 days. The mAh value (milli ampere-hours) describes the capacity of the battery giving an indication of the number of charge cycles the portable charger can achieve, and a higher number will be more suitable for travellers.
  • If you want to charge your laptop with a portable charger in Curacao and it it supports USB-C charging then use a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) and a model supplying at least 20 Wh.
  • However be aware that some airlines won't let you bring batteries on an aircraft with more than 100 Wh of power and must be kept in hand luggage only.
  • Normal consumer power banks aren't designed for use with high wattage items, but a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners can be used for travelling.    [4] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]
Does a solar powered charger work in Curacao?

Solar backpacks are ideal for hot climates

Does a solar powered charger work in Curacao?

The climate in Curacao will be suitable enough to recharge solar power bank dependably, but needs to be left in strong sunlight in order to provide adequate power for a single charge. It may prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • The bigger durable solar panels found on a solar backpack give the backpack the ability to create more electricity within a shorter period of time, making them ideal for the climate in Curacao.
  • A phone that is plugged directly into a USB port of a solar backpack can trickle charge the battery during sunny periods in Curacao, however this could be inconvenient to have it continually tethered in the bag if it is to be used frequently. A solar powered bag is usually exposed to daylight therefore can be powering up a power bank during the day, unlike a handheld solar power bank that requires unpacking and facing sunlight.
  • Although the climate in Curacao is suitable, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, be able to generate at least 6 watts of power and includes a 10,000mAH power bank or greater. Unlike regular rigid solar cells, the flexible and durable solar cells used in solar powered bags are designed to survive scratching and bending. They are found in laptop messenger, rucksack and backpack styles which makes them perfect for travel, domestic and work.  [17] [18]

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Curacao chargers

What is a USB travel power charger?

A USB travel charger is a dual voltage charger with interchangeable plugs and multiple USB ports, suitable for charging multiple USB powered devices when travelling abroad.

What USB charger do I need for Curacao?

When travelling with more than one device and visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Curacao is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Curacaoans use three different standards of wall outlets (C, A and B) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers for your trip to Curacao. By only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling and convenient for charging your devices at an airport or on the plane. Due to their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably. [7]

What USB charger do I need for Curacao?

Why use a travel USB charger for Curacao?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. This helps reduce the weight of your baggage by only bringing one USB wall charger rather than bringing several different USB chargers.
  • Travel USB power chargers will include swappable plug heads for different power outlet types. This is ideal when visiting different countries across North America which are likely to use different standards to Curacao.
  • Good USB travel chargers are lightweight, compact and rugged; perfect for the rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair or replace in Curacao.
  • USB travel chargers will accept the 127 volt power outlets in Curacao along with other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a chance that some hotels in Curacao only have one wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be in short supply and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perfect.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and will prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded mobile phone in Curacao might prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to allow you to plug in low powered devices such as laptops, however these will be unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read our section on using travel appliances in Curacao for useful guidelines and advice on the most suitable power adapter for a high powered devices with a Curacaon power outlet.
  • Certain mobile phones could pull more than the standard 500 milliamps supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Quality USB chargers will support fast charging incase any of your devices need extra power.
  • When returning home travel USB power chargers can also be useful by recharging multiple cell phones every day using a single power outlet. [7]

What is the best USB charger for Curacao?

A 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Curacao using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Curacao. [7]

Power converters for Curacao

What is a power converter for a Curacaon power outlet?

Power converters enable you to use a 220, 230 or 240 volt electrical device with a 127 volt Curacaon power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

What is the difference between a power converter and a plug adapter for Curacao?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Curacao, however an expensive and bulkier power converter will transform the voltage of 127 volts from a Curacaon power outlet to work with a non-127 volt appliance. [19]

Do I need a power converter for Curacao?

If you are visiting Curacao from a different country ensure the device will accept a 127 volt power supply.

  • You need a step up power converter if you are travelling to Curacao from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your device won't support 127 volts. Read the world power outlets page to see the voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already own either a 127 volt single voltage appliance or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage (such as 230 volts) and used with 127 volts may take longer to charge or simply won't turn on. If your device slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are travelling to Curacao from another region then check that it will work with a 127 volt Curacaon power outlet or you will need to bring a step up power converter.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you wish to power a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are normally designed for international use and dual voltage, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • If supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as hair dryers and curling irons) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter.
  • Purchasing a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance should be more cost effective and practical than investing in a heavier high wattage power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance in Curacao.
  • Read our travel guides on how to use curling wands, clothes irons, hairdryers and hair straighteners with Curacaon power outlets which includes guides on affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [20]

Do I need a power converter for Curacao if I'm visiting from Canada?

A Canadian plug does not need a power converter because the voltage from a Curacaon power outlet is in the same 100-120 volt range as Canada.

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What kind of converter do I need for Curacao?

If you need to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance in Curacao you will need to buy a step up power converter[10]

What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

Converters and transformers are both used to change one voltage to another, but this ambiguity can cause confusion as their purposes are different:

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.

What voltage is used in Curacao?

Curacao uses 127 volts in their standard power outlets. [2]

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https://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/

How to convert 127 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 127 volt Curacaon power outlet.
  2. If the power converter doesn't include the correct shaped plug then it will also be necessary to plug in the power cord from the power converter into a power adapter for Curacao before plugging that into a Curacaon power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage from 220-240v.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 220-240 volt appliance can now be used with a 127 volt Curacaon power outlet. [10]
How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

Single voltage hair dryer

How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

The easiest method to tell if your device is dual or single voltage is to check for a sticker on the existing power plug, or on the appliance itself, normally near to where the power cord sits. This location might depend on the make or model of your unit but should also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices might also say a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will normally say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Substantiations

See the power adapter substantions section for more information on how we compared travel adapters (October 2018).

What type of adapter do you need for Curacao?

Which type of plug adapter do you need for Curacao?

The type of plug adapter or power converter which is best to bring to Curacao is dependant on your requirements, so before choosing the right one to use we recommend using this checklist:

How many electrical items will you be packing for Curacao?

How many electrical items will you pack

How many electrical items will you be packing for Curacao?

  • List all the applicances and devices you intended on packing for Curacao (including laptops, cell phones, tablets, eReaders, hair straighteners or clothes irons).
    • Remember to allow for more devices in the future. Are you thinking about purchasing a new tablet computer soon?
    • There is a growing amount of USB powered rechargeable devices such as electric shavers that use a USB port as their power source. The if you have to buy a new device it might use a USB adapter so please ensure your travel adapter has enough spare ports to power these as well.
  • Will you be travelling with a partner who will need to recharge their iPads as well?
What different types of electrical items do you need to charge with a Curacaon power outlet?

Will you need to power appliances

What different types of electrical items do you need to charge with a Curacaon power outlet?

  • There are 3 different types of electrical devices:
    • Low wattage electrical items that plug into a power outlet - for example a camera.
    • High wattage appliances that plug into a power outlet - for example hair straighteners or clothes irons.
    • USB powered electrical devices that charge with a USB port - for example cellphones or tablets.
  • If you only intend to take just USB powered devices to Curacao then you'll find that a simple travel USB charger is ideal as you will only have to pack that single charger whilst leaving your domestic chargers at home.
  • Travel power strips are built for providing power and voltage conversion for many low wattage devices of any voltage, however won't work with high wattage appliances (such as hair straighteners) that require voltage conversion.
How many Curacaon power outlets will be available?

Are multiple outlets available

How many Curacaon power outlets will be available?

  • A hotel might only offer a single power outlet on the wall. This will present an inconvenience if charging up batteries of more than one electronic device overnight because you can only charge a single device at a time every few hours.
  • To recharge more than one device at the same time look to bringing a travel USB wall charger or a travel power strip which are capable of charging multiple USB ports and outlets. [6]
Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in Curacao?

Are you only bringing USB items

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in Curacao?

  • Should you only intend on using USB powered electronics such as mobile phones for Curacao then it is recommended to just bring a travel USB wall charger.
  • If you only use a simple power plug adapter you will still need to bring the USB charger that was supplied with your device as well. [7]

Do your devices and appliances only work with a 127 volt power outlet?

Are you planning to visit anywhere abroad in the future?

Is Curacao the only country you plan on visiting?

  • Single power adapters only typically work in a single country which they are built for, therefore if you need to visit multiple countries you may need to bring additional power adapters which can in turn add to the number of adapters you'll have to bring.
  • On the other hand travel USB wall chargers and universal travel adapters are designed for travelling to more than one country becuase of their interchangeable head system.

What is your budget?

  • A basic power adapter starts at under C$10 which charges a single device from a Curacaon power outlet (provided that works with 127 volts or it is dual voltage) but investing in roughly C$25-C$30 will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously and be able to bring them to various countries.

Would you like to use your charger when returning to Canada?

Are you only bringing hand luggage?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Are you only bringing hand luggage?

Are you flying long haul to get to Curacao?

Using a phone after a long haul flight

Are you flying long haul to get to Curacao?

  • If you're taking a longer trip to get to Curacao it's worth thinking about packing an appropriate airport-friendly charger that works in different outlet types, one which is light enough to pack in carry-on luggage and can top up tablets and phones.
  • As not all flights have power outlets available for the public we recommend packing a travel portable charger which will recharge on the go. When you land you could have to rely on your phone for making a call, receiving messages, using sat nav to locate a hotel or recalling an itinerary; therefore it is recommended that your phone has enough battery power left. [4]

What can I connect to a Curacaon power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a Curacaon power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Curacaon power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Curacaon power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Curacaon power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to a Curacaon power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Curacaon power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Curacaon power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with a Curacaon power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Curacao, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email travel@wikiconnections.org. For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets[21]

Disclaimer

WikiConnections is not responsible for any injury or damage caused due to using any type of suggested product with any other electrical device or appliance in any location, full details are available on the disclaimer page. All functions and capabilities should be checked prior to purchasing or using any power adapter. Assumptions on if any power adapter, charger, converter or power strip works in any location is based on data from publicly available sources and if it fits the primary power outlet used in that country. WikiConnections has not taken into consideration other less common power outlets which might be found as these might only be used in certain areas or in the process of being phased out.

Where possible, WikiConnections only recommends the type of product as being suitable along with alternatives and does not make any endorsement for any specific brand or product. Always check with the manufacturer to ensure full compatibility prior to attempting to use any device. Always check the reputation of the manufacturer and product to ensure the quality and safety of any electrical device being used.

  1. Wikipedia - Curacao entry on wikipedia.org.
  2. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type C plug adapter - European Europlug Type C plug adapters are unearthed and comprise of two 4mm rounded pins placed 19mm apart, estimated price C$10-C$15.
  4. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go, estimated cost under C$50.
  5. Wikipedia - power adaptor
  6. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, under C$30.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20.
  8. Universal travel power adapter - A typical universal travel power adapter can be used in over 150 different countries for use with appliances and USB devices, under C$30.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, estimated cost under C$25.
  10. Step up power converter - A step up power converter allows a 220-240 volt appliance to be used in a 100-120 volt power outlet, under C$120.
  11. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, costs C$200-C$210.
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, estimated price C$50-C$60.
  14. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, estimated cost under C$40.
  15. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, under C$50.
  16. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, estimated price under C$130.
  17. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, estimated cost under C$130.
  18. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, C$50-C$60.
  19. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts, costs C$70-C$80.
  20. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors, costs under C$280.
  21. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -